While many across our country and world are suffering from the outbreak of COVID-19 last month, many of our loved ones, friends, and neighbors in the Nashville area are still suffering from the deadly tornadoes that ravaged central Tennessee in the early hours of March 3.

In the wake of the tornadoes and just prior to the coronavirus outbreak, Celero Commerce established its Celero Cares Fund on crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, in order to provide assistance to small business owners and their employees during times of need.

To date, the Celero Cares Fund has raised nearly $7,000, with the bulk of donations coming from Celero employees, their families, and friends of the company. On March 9, the fund made an initial donation to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund activated by the nonprofit Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.  This emergency gift from the Celero family has brought much-needed relief to those left hungry and homeless from tornado damage.

The latest gift from the Celero Cares Fund goes to our friends at East Nashville’s Urban Cowboy. The eight-room boutique hotel, housed in a historic Victorian mansion, is a favorite landing spot for visitors to our hometown, and the hotel and surrounding area took a direct hit during the tornado storm of March 3.  In the same week the hotel looked to reopen, government officials put stay at home measures in place, effectively closing many lodging establishments like Urban Cowboy for the until further notice.

We are distributing a portion of the Celero Cares Fund to the staff of Urban Cowboy, so that they can continue to pay their bills during this uncertain time.

Our mission is to help small and medium businesses achieve and sustain success.  With so many small businesses affected by these storms and then COVID-19, our Celero Cares Fund aims to raise funds to support these business owners, as well as their employees, in their time of need.  From providing food for employees, supplies to help clean up, or operating needs to help them stay afloat as they recover, we want to help as many of the individuals and families in these Nashville-area businesses as we can.

Please join us in donating to help these people in their time of need.  All funds raised will be provided to those businesses affected by the storm. Go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/celero-cares to learn more and donate!

Annie Astraikis

Written by Annie Astraikis